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Friday, May 8, 2009

Science Nightmares

I had friends over last week, and an interesting conversation came up where we were discussing nightmares. Apparently people who have braces have the nightmare of all their teeth falling out, undergrads have the "I missed an exam" nightmare (although I did that one in real life, so the nightmares weren't that disturbing afterwards), and profs have the "I missed a talk" nightmare.

Well, if it's a sign that my career is on it's way forward, I had the "missed a talk" nightmare this morning. The ironic thing is that I've never been invited to give a talk a conference, so it's a bit premature.

Anyhow, it probably has more to do with the fact that I'm somewhat freaked about the huge changes in findpeaks. We learn SO much every day about the biology behind the experiment that this is really nerve wracking to keep on top of it. The development is going well, although bug testing is always a challenge.

At any rate, we're finally getting to the point where there are very few arbitrary decisions - the data decides how to do the analysis. Quite the contrast to 3 months ago, where we thought we'd hit the end of what new things we could pull out of the data.

Anyhow, debugging calls. Back to work....



Blogger Melissa said...

I often dreamt that I missed an event the night before. It happens when I'm really nervous. "Teeth falling out" nightmare is associated with concerns of appearance. If you have a dream that is bothering you, consult the Dream Doctor.

May 12, 2009 6:49:00 AM PDT  

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